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September 2011

Apprentice star Claire Young launches Teenbiz

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BBC1’s The Apprentice finalist, successful young businesswoman and IEBE Affiliate Claire Young has been using her vast experience and business acumen to promote entrepreneurship and enterprise to young people around the UK.  Nominated for a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Claire has spent her time since appearing on the programme working handson in schools, engaging and encouraging students to raise their aspirations, take off their blinkers and think big!   Girls Out Loud and School Speakers are just two of the successful programmes she has launched. Driven by the recognition of a pressing need to support Britain’s would-be young entrepreneurs, and with youth unemployment at an all-time high, Claire is turning her attention to a new initiative to be launched in November. 

Called Teenbiz, it provides funding to entrepreneurs aged 13-18 years to access start-up business funding and support. As Claire explains:

“You can become a Company Director at 16 years old, but a person under 18 has no way to access start-up funding. We need to lead from the front and create enterprise schemes that are sustainable.  Plenty of people are talking about enterprise and doing nothing, I’d rather put my money where my mouth is and make something happen.” Every month Teenbiz will award one successful student with £500, the services of Claire as a business mentor and a ‘startup’ pack donated by Teenbiz sponsors; comprising of a website, company stationery and an official Companies House formation. For more information on Teenbiz visit: www.teenbiz.org.uk

Raising the standard of education business practice Have a story to share? Send to Matthew Chiles, Director of Communications - matthew@iebe.org.uk Tel: 01635 279917 Email: membership@iebe.org.uk Web: www.iebe.org.uk Lord Knight of Weymouth

Andrew Buxton CMG

Shân Jones

Declan Swan

Chair of Trustees

Chair of Patrons

Council President

Chief Executive

IEBE believes every young person should be equipped with the right knowledge and skills they need for a successful working life. Given the prevailing economic conditions facing young people: high levels of youth unemployment, low growth, and decreasing social mobility, this need has never been more important. We already quality assure providers and qualify practitioners involved in developing young people’s employability. But we need to go further or we risk losing an entire generation. This is why we are developing the ‘IEBE Approved’ – a new opportunity for providers to support schools and businesses to improve young people’s employability, as well as benefit from new income streams. Click here to find out more about being part of this new approach.


September 2011

“PERSPECTIVE” As the new academic year gets underway, NYBEP’s Ailsa Brown argues that a focus on professionalism and quality is paying dividends

Earlier this year NYBEP, along with many providers of employment-related learning services up and down the country, was told that we would no longer receive core funding from government to support our programmes of work, meaning that schools were free choose whether or not to purchase services directly from us. As someone who has greatly enjoyed working with schools and businesses over the past 5 years to support young people’s employability, the question I asked myself was: ‘what happens to my job if no one wants to work with us?! Will our programmes just come to an end?’ Looking back now on that period of uncertainty, I struggle to remember these negative thoughts because, if anything, the client relationships we have with our schools and businesses have simply been reinforced and strengthened. And why? Because I believe people ‘like’ to work with us.

Our clients know they will get a professional and quality service delivered by practitioners passionate about their work, and who strive to ensure that, through regular training and development, they are fully skilled to do the job. The relationships colleagues and I have forged over the years, and the importance we have continually placed on quality assurance, have not only guaranteed that we provide relevant interventions to young people, but have also ensured our survival. Don’t get me wrong, there is still a lot of work to be done to meet the challenges that await us. However with the partnerships – both new and old - that we have in place, it has given us an opportunity to develop some exciting new projects, such as Developing Superheroes and Digital Footprints. It’s clear to me that professionalism and quality assurance are the only games in town. They have ensured that colleagues and I not only continue to have a jobs, but ones we can be very proud of. Ailsa Brown is an Employer Engagement Adviser for NYBEP, creating and delivering enterprise programmes for students, particularly for those identified as NEET.

The IEBE will soon be launching important masterclasses in education business practice. There will be 10 in all, based around the five attributes of an effective practitioner – the ability to be: • Informed about policy, curricula and qualifications • Responsible in safeguarding children • Relevant and able to apply labour market intelligence • Savvy by maximising impact and evaluating success • Connected through networking and relationships They will be open to anyone from schools, colleges, businesses and specialist providers who wish to develop their knowledge, skills and abilities. Click here to register your interest.

Job opportunity with Thames Water Thames Water is seeking an Education and Community Investment Executive to start work immediately in the Thames Tunnel project team based in Paddington, Central London. They are looking for someone with direct education experience, preferably gained in a classroom environment, and for whom communication and strategic thinking skills are key strengths.

The key responsibilities of the role include: planning and delivering the project’s education and community investment strategy - with a specific focus on working specifically with secondary schools on the skills agenda liaising; and building strong links with schools and communities in all the London boroughs most affected by the construction of the Thames Tunnel. For further information and full job description, contact chris.boorman@ch2m.com.

Raising the standard of education business practice Have a story to share? Send to Matthew Chiles, Director of Communications - matthew@iebe.org.uk Tel: 01635 279917 Email: membership@iebe.org.uk Web: www.iebe.org.uk Lord Knight of Weymouth

Andrew Buxton CMG

Shân Jones

Declan Swan

Chair of Trustees

Chair of Patrons

Council President

Chief Executive

Have a story to share? PLATFORM goes out to a rich and varied audience who share one passion: a desire to support young person’s journey to work. If you have a story, perspective or announcement you want to share with our members and subscribers please email matthew@iebe.org.uk or call 07825 299443


September 2011

New quality kitemarks for schools and business A reminder that IEBE will soon be launching new quality kitemarks aimed specifically at schools and businesses called Business Ready and Education Ready. Business Ready will support schools who wish to improve the way they work with businesses for the benefit of their students. And Education Ready will be a way for businesses to improve their education programmes and how they work with schools.

These important kitemarks support IEBE’s core mission to raise professional standards of practitioners, programmes and providers across the education business sector. Both will be available later in the year, but you can register your interest now and be amongst the first schools and businesses to take advantage. For Business Ready click here, and for Education Ready click here.

Global Enterprise Challenge A national challenge is held in each country over a 24 hour period, involving a number of teams. At the beginning of the 24 hours, the challenge is announced to all countries. Teams then work to create an idea, a prototype, a business plan, and a presentation.

The Global Enterprise Challenge (GEC) is a 24 hour enterprise challenge for young people aged 16-19 years. It gives young people the opportunity to develop their knowledge and experience of enterprise in practical ways. It has been held annually since 2001, and this year involved 150 schools and over 2,000 students in 16 countries worldwide and takes place entirely online.

Stage 1 concludes with the judging of the national competition and the selection of the national representative team. Stage 2 is an international event, where the work of each national winning team is submitted online to a panel of international judges, who look for the winning combination of teamwork skills, an innovative approach and an outstanding standard of product, prototype, plan and presentation. The next GEC takes place on 16th - 17th June 2012 and the organisers are seeking to expand the challenge to more countries. There is no cost for students to participate. Email abw@abw.org.au for more information.

Raising the standard of education business practice Have a story to share? Send to Matthew Chiles, Director of Communications - matthew@iebe.org.uk Tel: 01635 279917 Email: membership@iebe.org.uk Web: www.iebe.org.uk Lord Knight of Weymouth

Andrew Buxton CMG

Shân Jones

Declan Swan

Chair of Trustees

Chair of Patrons

Council President

Chief Executive

Governors can join for FREE Our school governor offer has been extended. Until 30th September, school governors can affiliate to the IEBE for FREE. If you are a school governor and wish to take advantage of this offer please click here and send us your full contact details and those of your School. Affiliation lasts until 31st March 2012.

WorldSkills London 2011 WorldSkills London 2011 has launched an event programme called the WorldSkills London 2011 Premiere Experience (WSPE), which will bring together international leaders from industry, government and education to discuss how best to develop the highly-trained skills practitioners of the future. The programme takes place alongside the 41st WorldSkills Competition, which will be the biggest showcase of vocational skills in the UK for more than 20 years. WorldSkills is held at ExCeL London and will see nearly a thousand competitors from more than 55 countries/regions compete in categories ranging from plumbing to mobile robotics. Running from 4th – 9th October, WSPE will include speakers from many different countries and organisations who will share their stories, best practice, and strategic plans for the future of skills around the world, including Vince Cable - Secretary of State, for Business, Innovation & Skills, John Hayes - Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, and representatives from several leading businesses.


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Girls Out Loud and School Speakers are just two of the successful programmes she has launched. For more information on Teenbiz visit: www.te...

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